Place temperature sensors in server racks and air conditioning system vents to monitor rack temperatures and hot and cold aisles. Excessive heat degrades network performance, causes downtime, and can result in damaged equipment. Prevent servers from overheating, meltdowns, and costly replacements.
High humidity causes condensation and fungal growth, which can result in electrical shorts in circuits or circuit breakers and damage equipment. Low humidity increases the chances of electrostatic discharge (ESD) and the breakdown of certain plastics.
Rope-style, spot, tape-style, and under carpet leak detectors monitor for damaging water leaks and other conductive fluids that might threaten the data justify. Server rooms with raised floors are particularly vulnerable to undetected water damage as all cables and wires are concealed beneath floor panels. Water sensors should be placed on the floor, underneath pipe junctions and ventilation systems, and in air conditioning drip pans.
Monitor continuous air flow in an HVAC duct, under a raised floor, or near a cooling fan on a rack cabinet or server. Insufficient air flow can be caused by many factors such as a malfunctioning cooling fan, increased friction, or physical blockage.
Smoke & Gas
Monitoring for developing smoke is essential in the security and safety of any facility. Smoke detectors help detect the initial signs of component fires in server cabinets.
Use Hydrogen Sulfide detectors to sense the presence of Hydrogen Sulfide from failed UPS lead acid batteries. Sensors are also available to detect carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, combustible gas (methane, propane, butane, acetylene, etc.), and hydrogen gas.
Access Control & Intrusion
Keypads, electric door strikes, and door contact sensors restrict and monitor access of key entry places such as doors into a data justify and doors to network closets and UPS cabinets. Outdoor and indoor motion sensors detect and/or monitor presence for unauthorized access and intrusions.
Most machines vibrate more as performance worsens, so tracking fluctuations in equipment vibration is an important means for predicting failures. Too much movement loosens connections within the server housing, unseating boards and chips. Vibration can also damage the hard drive disk when the platter and head physically connect, causing scratches that permanently harm the disk drive.
Detect the presence or absence of line voltage and monitor voltage, frequency, power, brownouts and current of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Configure shutdown of equipment when the power is out to minimize damage to key IT equipment.
Use IP surveillance cameras to visually inspect enterprise assets and resources via a browser from anywhere in the world. Real-time surveillance can track personnel entry at keypads and allow a first-hand look at important locations when an alarm goes off for quick assessment of threats.